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Musings and Leadings

The ideas and musings of Ashley M. Wilcox

I am a recorded Quaker minister and a lawyer, originally from Anchorage and currently living in Atlanta. I share an apartment with my partner Troy and our two orange cats. I am a member of Freedom Friends Church and a sojourning member of Atlanta Friends Meeting. In addition to reading and writing, I enjoy a good laugh, running, yoga, knitting, and singing. To learn more about me, click here.
 

 
Joseph's Rainbow Coat (Genesis 37:1-11)

In some ways, I want to encourage you to be like Joseph: Wear your princess coat!  Wear your rainbow flag!  Be who you are.  Queer it up!  But I also want to encourage you to not be like Joseph, who could not see the way his brothers were marginalized or his brothers’ pain and fear.

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Take the Women (Esther 2:1-8)

This is the part of slavery that we often want to turn our heads from: owners using women's bodies. For work, for sex, and for children. On a large scale, this is too much to comprehend. So we look at individual stories, like Esther.

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Church of Mary Magdalene 2: Beginnings

I tell Hannah about a dream I had the night before about preaching for women. I dreamed that when I looked out at the congregation, the chairs were mostly empty, but there were women sitting in chairs near the back. As I looked out at them, the women moved their chairs to the front to listen to me preach.

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Church of Mary Magdalene 1: State of the Church

Church of Mary Magdalene is a place where women preach. It is a community where the voices of women, queer people, and others on the margins are centered. This is not just a worship where women and queer people are welcome, but rather a worship by and for women and queer people.

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Recorded Minister Report for 2016

My New Year’s resolution for 2016 was to embrace the new, and there were a lot of new things this year!  The first few months were my last semester at Candler School of Theology.  I devoted most of that time to working on my thesis, “Dangerous Women’s Bodies: Stories of How Women Ministers are Threatening and Threatened.”

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